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Data from Europe, China’s 2013 targets.

Europe The ECB’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged at a level of 0.75% matched prior expectations. However, we mention that some members of the committee voted for an interest cut. For the first time since December, the decision to

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Significant improvement in U.S. economic data.

Significant improvement in U.S. economic data.

Positive economic data in the U.S. indicate an increase in growth, in spite of the tax raise at the beginning of the year and the fear of the automatic cuts entering into force early March. U.S. February Jobs Report was

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G-20 and the Currency War

The Group of 20 finance chiefs sharpened their stance against governments trying to influence exchange rates. Two days of talks between G-20 finance ministers and central bankers ended last week with a commitment not to: “Target our exchange rates for

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The Currency War – Now and Then

Global currency wars worries have resurfaced in recent weeks, mainly because of Japanese action on the yen. In order to understand the meaning of this so-called war, we would have to go back in time to the 1930’s. Back then,

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Highlights regarding Global economy

The U.S. Congress voted last week in favor of a temporary increase of the U.S. “debt ceiling“, which will allow the government to continue to operate until May 19th. However, the debate about the future fiscal adjustments that has raged

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IMF 2013 global economic growth forecasts

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) slightly lowered its forecast for global economic growth in 2013 to 3.5% (versus 3.6% forecast in October), and in 2014 to 4.1% (vs. 4.2% in October). The growth rate in 2012 stood at approximately 3.2%.

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Congress passed the “Fiscal Cliff” short-term solution

We emphasize that the understandings between the Democrats and the Republicans prevented an immediate entry of the U.S. economy into recession and led to sharp increases in global stock markets immediately after the agreement announcement. However, it is important to

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Two main austerity measures approaches

There are two ways to approach the economic policy: The Keynesian approach Wishes to increase public spending by increasing the deficit during recessions, in order to stimulate the economy. To encourage public spending the government would usually reduce taxes. The

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Why balance of risks tends down!

All leading organizations foresee a lower than expected global growth rate in 2013. The question on everyone’s mind should be why the balance of risks tends to the downside, meaning the actual growth rates might be even lower. Several factors

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Growth forecasts for 2013

For the last review of 2012, we will present the economic growth forecasts for 2013 by leading institutions. Generally, the latest forecasts present a gloomier picture of global economy than ones from prior months do. Worldwide economic situation does not

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